Coocoo Planet review

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If I was to sum up the essence of Coocoo Planet in a phrase, it’d be: the love child of Tamagotchi, Candy Crush and the Sims. It’s an addictive game where you not only have to build worlds, but also care for individual characters. Dubbed Coocoomons, these characters – and their world – are designed to resemble sweet, sugary treats.

Upon opening the game up, you’re immediately greeted by a friendly in-game host who guides you through a tutorial. It helps you place necessary buildings, and incubate your Coocoomons. And that’s only the start.

You’re handed quests, which reward you with gold and candy upon completion as well as experience. As you complete more, you “level up” and gain access to unlockable buildings, Coocoomons and food.

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To keep your town residents happy, you need to produce food for them to eat, a bed for them to sleep in and give them plenty of attention and playtime. A good combination of all three makes for a happy Coocoomon. Just like a Tamagotchi. But, it just so happens that your Coocoomons are walking, living cookies. Whether it’s a sandwich cookie, a stick cookie or a macaroon, it’s hard to know whether you’re meant to keep it alive, or eat it.

As your living treats are played with, fed and rested, you can develop them, and they eventually grow out of infancy and can take on new flavors. Eventually – and with time – they’ll grow to adulthood. And as they do so, you continue earning experience and leveling up, to the point where you can unlock another planet with a different edible theme.

I have to be honest, when I opened it up, I wanted to hate the app. I wasn’t keen on the graphics. The pastel colors and low resolution combined with the irritating tutorial guide almost made me give up on it at one point. But, once I figured out how it all worked, started growing more Coocoomons and building up my town, I soon got hooked. I somehow lost an hour, without even realizing it. It should come with a warning that it’ll suck you in, and keep your attention locked for hours. Like Candy Crush.

And, like a lot of world-building games, you can decorate with statues, fences, paths and upgrade all your buildings to do what they do at higher capacity.

Every action takes time. Like a lot of these games, you can speed processes up by spending candy credits. But once you run out of those, the only option is to then use an in-app purchase. Which I’d quite happily complain about, but, I’ve not found the need to use one yet.

All in all, it is a fun game. Granted, the theme and graphics won’t be to everyone’s taste. But it’s quirky and fun and it’s a free download on the Google Play Store, so you have nothing to lose. Except maybe a few hours of your life.

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  • Mike Goetz

    So now we not only get regurgitated day old news articles, we now get sponsored crap reviews to deal with? Like the 800 advertisements on this page aren’t enough sponsored crap to begin with. Time to move on from this place.

    • impasse

      wow, yeah i just looked at it in ie (without adblock plus and noscript) and you really weren’t joking about the ads..there’s ten*, including a full-screen modal one you have to close. that’s ridiculous.

  • Paul

    I have to say that I’m not ok with “sponsored” articles that have nothing to do with T-Mobile. I get that you’re being told to do this review and include in this forum, but this isn’t even relevant to the audience or the main focus of the blog.
    Please pass to your boss(es) that this is not warmly accepted, or acceptable, to this blog community. I think that’s the nicest way it can be said.

  • ProudPapa

    This really has no place on a blog focused on T-Mobile news. Lately, the advertising is ramped up to an annoying level, and CNET has been out-scooping Tmonews. Are you trying to lose readers? I’m not trying to sound rude, but this is getting ridiculous.

  • ccnet005

    later guys, it’s been fun

  • Thomas Su

    WOW

  • best

    Welp. It’s been a fun reading tmonews for all those years but today is my last day.

    I have also tested the website without adblock and holy crap. The amount of ads is just ridiculous and now this.

    I hope website will improve in near future so I can come back but I somehow doubt that.

  • Not ok with this post

    What’s this sponsored bs that has nothing to do with T-Mobile doing on TmoNews? Save all that waste for PhoneDog for that Jake guy or one of your other interns…

  • Chocolate_Star69

    What the FUCK…does this have to do with T-Mobile? I wish Dave was still here.

    • philyew

      Maybe he isn’t here because this was the direction his bosses told him the site would have to go…

      This isn’t Cam’s fault. Read the link – it’s a PhoneDog revenue initiative.

  • Paul Garrison

    Get this $%#& out of here.

  • Matt

    Please stop ruining this blog.

  • Chad Dalton

    and we care because?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1586820069 steadymobb

    lol, my comment got deleted

    • myremarq

      lot of us comment deleted we dont know r we ban or site some kind of glich mod did not reply to my post.

      • thepanttherlady

        You made a similar comment on another article last night, I believe but never responded to my questions.

        • myremarq

          !!!?

    • thepanttherlady

      Wasn’t deleted because it never got posted. Any comment made with a link goes into moderation.

      Here’s the article you wanted:

      http://www.tmonews.com/2014/05/t-mo-lg-g3-to-feature-3gb-ram/

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1586820069 steadymobb

        Still kinda lame, I posted it before the article

  • myremarq

    i submit tmobile news to this site free lg g3 give a way like 2 days a go they dont share with other t-mobile brothers. but they post none topic so call news this junk. ban me i am upset again.

  • bkin94

    guys! please give Cam and his friends at TmoNews a break! it must be very difficult to support a blog about a topic as specific as T-Mobile. there aren’t really even any good blogs about the two biggest carriers for goodness sake! I’m sure the people behind this site are working very hard to keep things going, and if an occasional sponsored post is required to keep this community afloat, so be it!

    • ProudPapa

      If what it takes to keep a blog afloat is to post topics that have nothing to do with the blog, than what the heck good is the blog? I wouldn’t go to a car blog and expect to read articles about the latest gardening techniques. Advertising should still be relevant, otherwise you have no target audience, and it’s worthless.

  • Not_Cam

    Only had to read the title of this article to know Cam has no business running a T-Mobile blog.

    • philyew

      Read the link above about PhoneDog’s sponsored review program. Just because Cam’s name appears on the article, doesn’t mean he wrote it.

      PhoneDog are now accepting and publishing submitted reviews for revenue, and the customer can nominate which of PhoneDog’s sites the articles appear.

  • D Velasquez

    Hey Cam, this is not a bad idea, I used to review apps as well for a small group of enthusiast at Howard forums , is a good way to keep the blog alive however this is not t-mobile related and I agree with the rest this does not belong here.

    How about a separate section for this?

  • philyew

    I’m writing this reluctantly, but it has to be said. This has nothing to do with your experience, nationality, or location, Cam. It’s all about the direction your bosses are taking this site.

    I’m writing this despite the fact that the input box is STILL overwritten by that DAMNED Sprint ad, which has been fouling up the site for months. It now does it on both my phone and desktop. People have been commenting and complaining about this for months, but your bosses would still rather take the money than tell Sprint’s advertising department to quit being a**holes. It was annoying but tolerable until PhoneDog followed it up with that ridiculous modal Lenovo ad. We can see the direction this is going.

    Now game reviews? Really?

    We understand that free sites need advertising revenue, but you need hits to sell ads. This is not a good direction. If you’re going to do it, PhoneDog, at least show the minimum of respect for your readers by placing ads that meet the minimum standard for limiting intrusiveness. Otherwise the hits will disappear rapidly.

    • Cam Bunton

      Hey Phil, can you send me a screenshot of that ad that’s showing up on top of the comments? I haven’t seen it for months, personally, but I’d like something to show the admin folks, so they can see that it’s ruining the experience for a lot of our loyal readers.

      • philyew

        The first thing I noticed when I opened this page today was that the Sprint ad was behaving properly for the first time in months. Strange.

        A lot of people probably don’t notice the problems because they run Ad Block with Chrome, but unfortunately I can’t do that as it screws up a business application that I have to run.

        It’s a simple validation test to check that each ad runs properly with the top browsers, without an ad blocker.

        It’s clear this process isn’t followed consistently or at all on PhoneDog sites, given that the biggest offender was its own IM5 ad some months ago.

        Update: I spoke too soon about the ad behaving. Back to normal on the Houston 15+15 article. I’m sending the screen shots.

      • thepanttherlady

        G’morning Cam. Just sent you a screen shot.

        • Cam Bunton

          Thanks. I’ve passed it on to HQ/Admin. So far, they’re not sure what’s causing it. It looks like an Adsense field misbehaving for whatever reason. I’ve been told they’re “looking in to it.”

  • donnybee

    Tmonews.. aka Phonedog 2.0. These type of articles are EXACTLY why I don’t waste my time on Phonedog anymore. I used to love that site, and it blows now. (Ana is one of the WORST editors I’ve ever seen. I skip anything with her name on it now).

    I’m really hoping we can start fresh with the Tmonews I used to know. The one that had leaks before anyone else. The site I could use before needing to block ads left and right. And now kinda wishing I could block articles too… I used to check this site multiple times a day just for the latest scoop. Now everything comes from somewhere else. The comments mean more to me than the articles…

    That’s saying something. I wonder how long it will be before someone here decides to start their own Tmo blog and give us what we want. This site would die within a month at the rate things are going.. Cam if you are reading through the comments, please remember that nothing worthwhile was ever easy. Is it about the ads, or the blog and readers? Get back to the roots…